Their women were treated little better than slaves, and as such likely contributed as much by their endless work in camp to the economic support of their group as did the hunting and raiding of the men. Their conversation is always carried on in low tones, and only one person ever presumes to speak at a time. Though not all their encounters were peaceful, death and uncertainty surrounded his relationship with them. It was subsequently my fate to meet this savage several other times, and I am satisfied that the remembrance of our interview on the occasion above narrated, did me no harm either with him or the balance of his tribe. The way this country treated them was and is deplorable. A book that does not look new and has been read but is in excellent condition. Some ten years later, as an officer of the California Volunteers, he renewed his acquaintance, particularly with the Apaches, whom he came to know as few white Americans before him had.
The writer had a significant experience living with and sometimes fighting alongside or against the Apache in Arizona and New Mexico regions of the U. Webb informed the Apaches, through me, that they must leave camp, which they did after receiving a few presents in the shape of tobacco, beads and some cotton cloth. I believe in fairness and it is about time that the United Sta This is an excellent book if you have more than a passing interest in the Apaches as a nation and individual characteristics. He certainly knew how to deal with a very complicated people. Whilst Cremony learns from the Apaches, they are equally amazed by the things he shows them, from guns and medicine to photographs and the written language.
I am not in your power, but you, personally, are in mine. They always retaliated for any insult. Where life is hardest is where the least attention is given to reciprocity; altruism is less likely than revenge. No amount of cold, hunger or thirst seems to have any appreciable effect upon an Apache. We are always interested in hearing from our readers.
The Apaches had no chiefs but were perfectly democratic. We like to keep things fresh. Cremony's account of his experiences, published in 1868, quickly became, and remains today, a basic source on Apache beliefs, tribal life, and fighting tactics. Cremony shares that the Apaches did not even farm; they lived off of hunting and what they could steal from their neighbors Comanches, Navajos, Americans, or poor peasant Mexicans - it didn't matter. I feel incapable of doing justice to the occasion. It was written in 1868 reprinted in 2015 and the writing reflects the style of that period. I found the book a much more authentic description of the government's ineffective handling of the countries native people.
But he knew Apaches first hand and was a keen and highly literate observer. For all its ethnocentrism, his narrative remains unsurpassed for accuracy and vivid detail among contemporary views of the Apaches. As a child my sister was not allowed to go alone down the streets of Stafford, arizona for fear 'the apache would get her. The way this country treated them was and is deplorable. Shortly afterward, the whole Commission, numbering some two hundred and fifty well-armed men, arrived, making a total force of over three hundred men. Although the Copper Mine, or Mimbres Apaches, have signalized themselves by many of the boldest and most daring exploits, they are not physically comparable to the Mescalero, Jicarilla and Chiricahui branches of the same tribe. Cremony 1815 — August 24, 1879 was an American soldier who wrote the first dictionary of the Apache language and later became a newspaperman in San Francisco.
Cremonys first encounter with the Indians of the Southwest occurred in the early 1850s, when he accompanied John R. The book was intended to inform official and lay Americans about the perils of ongoing relations with the Apache Nation. Great historical read I thought this account very interesting. A rousing fire was then made in front of the tent, and after a hearty supper our small party retired upon their arms, with one man on guard. Boundary Commission which laid out the and United States Border between 1849—1852.
This belief was in some ways true: Mr. Originally written by John C. If any such had been on the road, we would have known it. What more have you to say? Cremony's first encounter with the Indians of the Southwest occurred in the early 1850s, when he accompanied John R. Adjacent tribes were as often at odds as at peace. In the literature of the American West Life among the Apaches endures as a classic.
I had selected the most lovely spot in the valley for the site of my tent, which was some six hundred yards distant from the rest, and shut out from sight by an intervening hillock. But he knew Apaches first hand and was a keen and highly literate observer. The gentle nomads pitched their main camp about two miles from the Copper Mines, and made frequent visits to observe our movements and to practice their skill in begging. An indispensable source on Apache beliefs, tribal life, and fighting tactics. . The circumstances as presented were quite unlike anything which I have personally read and I enjoyed it.